Endoscopic technology – which allows your surgeon to access lesions in your brain and skull base through the natural openings of your face without making incisions – is rapidly evolving. Frequently, this is done through the nose using an endoscope, a flexible tube with an attached camera. Your surgeon can view around corners without manipulating critical structures – and forceps and scissors can be installed on the endoscope to operate or remove tissue. By approaching tumors from below the skull and through the nose, there is less pain. There are no incisions or brain retraction, leading to better neurological outcomes after surgery.
Known as minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, this technique is often an option for pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas, encephaloceles, chordomas, rheumatoid disease of the cervical spine and other cranial base tumors.
Our surgeons work as a team with experts in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, neuro-radiology, radiation oncology, neuro-endocrinology, endovascular neurosurgery, and neuro-ophthalmology to provide total care … from initial diagnosis through surgical intervention and post-operative follow-up.
Altair Health’s Dr. Yaron A. Moshel, director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center, directs the Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery Program. Our team of physicians is affiliated with a wide network of hospitals serving patients throughout the tristate area.